25 Things to Do in Rogers #23: Lake Atalanta

The possibilities are endless at this 236 acre park complete with a lake, boardwalk, trails, and nature filled experiences the entire family can enjoy.

With 4 miles of hard surface trails and over 10 miles of soft surface multi-use nature trails, Lake Atalanta is a leisure and recreational hub in Northwest Arkansas. Walk, run, or bike the 2-mile boardwalk paved trail that loops around the lake with beautiful views and nature stops. The stops along the way have signage with information on the different ecosystems and animals that may be spotted from the trail, making it a perfect setting for a family venture.

Lake Atalanta is also a trailhead with access to Frisco Springs Trail and The Railyard Loop that lead to other trails, The Railyard Bike Park, and a dog park. Plan to park at The Railyard Bike Park or dog park and hike or ride down to Lake Atalanta for an added experience. The trails are beginner to expert skill levels and the park provides amenities for bikers. The bike stations include tools, air pumps, and bike racks.

The park features 6 fishing piers around the lake with signage at the entrance of the trail with the rules and regulations. Rowboats, canoes, and kayaks are permitted on the lake but nothing with a motor. Lake Atalanta is well known for the pond, natural springs, meandering small creeks, and a natural splash pad that kids love to play in.

Book your next gathering at one of the 5 pavilions. There are 3 restroom facilities, drinking fountains, picnic tables, and benches conveniently scattered throughout the park for smaller gatherings. Enjoy shaded areas, endless open space for kids to run freely, 2 playground areas, and 2 treehouses sitting on stilts not in trees.

Most parks in Northwest Arkansas are dog friendly, including Lake Atalanta, however, dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised by owner who must clean up after them. There is a doggie station where you can dispose of waste. Do your part in taking care of the park by using the waste and recycle bins appropriately.

Don’t forget you are just minutes from downtown Rogers where you can continue your exploration and seek the unique shops, restaurants, and bars. Fulfill your need for caffeine at Onyx Coffee Lab at The 1907, your passion for cooking at Honeycomb Kitchen Shop, and your love for pizza and wings at The Rail - A Pizza Company.

Park hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.